This publication from Harvard University’s Belfer Center addresses the challenges in reaching an effective international climate agreement, particularly the cost and uncertainty associated with renegotiating commitments, and offers several suggestions for improving the effectiveness of international climate agreements.
Robert N. Stavins of the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government assesses the Copenhagen Accord. He examines expectations leading up to the Copenhagen climate summit and explores procedural routes ahead.
In a Washington Post analysis, Anthony Faiola, Juliet Eilperin, and John Pomfret explain why the Copenhagen talks are an indication that a new world order may be forming with increasing power given to China.
This accord is the outcome of the the UN climate change conference held in Copenhagen from December 7-18, 2009. It is not a legally binding treaty. Among its points: attempting to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures.
With an eye on the numbers associated with emissions and climate change, Michael Levi writes that representatives at the Copenhagen conference ought to accept the United States' proposal for emissions cuts.
President Obama, a newly minted Nobel Peace Prize winner, now faces the daunting task of delivering on a range of challenges, especially nuclear nonproliferation and climate change, says CFR's Michael Levi.
Proposals that any carbon tax in developing countries which falls below the one in the developed countries should be offset through other means like border taxes spring from fears that have no basis in economic analysis, write Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya.
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